I study social phenomena in terms of interactions between their social (social cues, contexts, experiences, and behaviors), cognitive (mental information processing mechanisms), and neural (neural representations and mechanisms) aspects. Three pressing questions motivate my research: (1) What are the behavioral and brain mechanisms that underlie social psychological phenomena? (2) What overlap / division exists between social and non-social cognitive processes involved in these phenomena? (3) How can answers to these first 2 questions help us understand and treat deficits in social cognition (e.g. Autism, Social Anxiety, Psychopathy)? My research involves applying behavioral, electrophysiological, pharmacological and neuroimaging research techniques to both healthy and clinical populations.
Perry A., Saunders S.N., Stiso J., Dewar C., Lubell J., Solbakk, A., Endestad T., Knight, R.T. (in press) Effects of prefrontal cortex damage on emotion understanding: EEG and behavioral evidence. Brain.
Perry A., Stiso J., Chang E.F., Lin J.J., Parvizi J., Knight R.T. (in press) Mirroring in the human brain: Deciphering the spatial and temporal patterns of the human mirror neuron system, an ECoG study. Cerebral Cortex.
Perry A., Lwi S., Verstaen A., Dewar, C., Levenson R.W., Knight, R.T. (2016) The Role of the Orbitofrontal Cortex in Regulation of Interpersonal Space: Evidence from Frontal Lesion and Frontotemporal Dementia Patients. Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience 11(12), 1894-1901.
Perry A., Mankuta D., Shamay-Tsoory, S.G. (2015). Oxytocin promotes closer interpersonal distance among highly empathic individuals. Social, Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, 10, 3-9.
Perry A., Rubinsten O., Peled L., Shamay-Tsoory S.G. (2013). Don't stand so close to me: A behavioral and ERP study of preferred interpersonal distance. NeuroImage 83, 761-769.
Perry A. & Ben-Ami Bartal I. (2016) The Neurobiology of Empathy. In Countertransference in Perspective, The double-edged sword of the patient-therapist emotional relationship, Editors: Dor R. Aleksandrowicz & Anna O. Aleksandrowicz, Sussex Academic Press.
Ben-Ami Bartal I. & Perry A. (2016) The Evolution of Pro-social Behavior. In Countertransference in Perspective, The double-edged sword of the patient-therapist emotional relationship, Editors: Dor R. Aleksandrowicz & Anna O. Aleksandrowicz, Sussex Academic Press.
Perry A. & Shamay-Tsoory, S. (2013). Understanding emotional and cognitive empathy: a neuropsychological perspective. In Understanding Other Minds: Perspectives from developmental social neuroscience, Editors: Simon Baron-Cohen, Michael Lombardo, and Helen Tager-Flusberg Oxford University Press.